When you first started driving, one of the first things you will likely encounter after getting your CDL (or sometimes even before) is a driver recruiter. Although there are an abundance of driver recruiters, you’ll soon realize that not all are created equal.
The old saying goes, “to know if your recruiter is full of [it], just watch to see if their mouth is moving.” This perception, in part, is the consequence of an extreme demand for drivers in the market. However, it’s also due to years and years of predatory practices used to lure drivers into companies.
Drivers often receive offers, knowing they sound too good to be true, but are assured otherwise. What they don’t tell you, is that such an offer will only materialize if you’re in the top 1%. This sobering truth is reflected in the actual fleet averages.
This article was written to help you spot a predatory recruiter. A good recruiter will never lie or manipulate the truth, but instead extend a helping hand to place you on the route that best suits YOUR needs. A good recruiter will even go the extra mile to educate on present and future negotiations.
Keep reading for tips on spot a top-notch recruiter:
Do they listen: Always ask yourself: does a recruiter listen more than they speak? If the answer is yes – chances are you’ve got a good one! As a former driver, I have learned to appreciate the recruiters that go the extra mile in understanding a driver’s needs. These recruiters demonstrate care to make sure your next placement is a good fit for YOU. If your recruiter is not asking questions and listening to your answers, it’s time to abandon ship. This is a sure-fire sign that they are not looking out for your best interests. Equally as important as a recruiter that asks questions is a driver that responds honestly. This type of open communication will make it easier for a recruiter to help steer you towards what you’re looking for. The more informed the recruiter is of your needs – the more likely your needs will be met!
Do they answer your questions: The next best way to know if your recruiter is working on your is to see if they actually answer your questions or if they are merely trying to check all your boxes in pushing you to accept and show up. If a recruiter is not willing to answer ALL of your questions, ask yourself – who are they truly working for? A good recruiter will always keep you educated and help you make informed decisions. If a recruiter fails to diligently follow up on your questions with solid answers, they are likely being evasive or predatory and you should cut communication immediately.
Look for proof: One final tip: check reviews! We live in the day and age of transparency. Checking recent social media posts and reviews will likely tell you what kind of experience you’re in store for. Trust what your fellow drivers have to say. If a company has nothing but negative driver reviews, you may need to do a little more digging and have a more detailed list of questions to avoid making having to write your own negative review in the future. Your reputation as a driver is your asset. Protect yourself before associating with a company and do your research first!
In summary, when talking to recruiters, remember to lay out your wants, demand answers to your questions, and check the reviews!
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